Placer County Master Gardeners offer free online workshop
Leaves make great compost! They also work as
mulch for the fall and winter garden. Learn the
details in a master gardener Zoom workshop.
(Photo: Kathy Morrison)
What do you do with all those fall leaves? Make compost and mulch!
Learn how during a free Zoom workshop, offered by the UC Cooperative Master Gardeners of Placer County.
Set for 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 30, “Composting and Mulching” will tackle how to do both – and why they’re important to your garden and soil health.
“Learn the basics of backyard composting and how it can improve your soil,” say the master gardeners. “You will learn how to get started and keep your compost pile healthy. We will also discuss the benefits of using mulch to help keep your soil healthy and happy.”
No advance registration is required for this one-hour workshop, which was originally presented in November 2020.
Here’s the Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84410333085?
Details and links to past Placer County Master Gardener workshops: https://pcmg.ucanr.org/ .
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Dig In: Garden checklist for week of Oct. 2
Plan to make the most of the mild weather in your garden.
* October is the best month to plant trees and shrubs.
* October also is the best time to plant perennials in our area. Add a little well-aged compost and bone meal to planting holes or beds, but hold off on other fertilizers until spring. Keep the transplants well-watered (but not wet) for the first month as they become settled.
* Now is the time to plant seeds for many flowers directly into the garden, including cornflower, nasturtium, nigella, poppy, portulaca, sweet pea and stock.
* Plant seeds for radishes, bok choy, mustard, spinach and peas.
* Plant garlic and onions.
* Set out cool-weather bedding plants, including calendula, pansy, snapdragon, primrose and viola.
* Reseed and feed the lawn. Work on bare spots.
* Dig up corms and tubers of gladioluses, dahlias and tuberous begonias after the foliage dies. Clean and store in a cool, dry place.
* Treat azaleas, gardenias and camellias with chelated iron if leaves are yellowing between the veins.
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